Also.Also.Also: Lesbians (and Other Women) Win the World Cup Because Science Is Science!

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⚽🏆 Saw This, Thought of You: Women’s World Cup Edition 🏆⚽

By Natalie

Yesterday, led by Golden Ball and Boot winner Megan Rapinoe, the United States earned their fourth star, defeating the Netherlands in the World Cup finals. It capped an incredible month of soccer and I’ve been thrilled to offer these cupdates as part of AAA…thanks to Laneia for indulging me. One more for the road, eh?

Why the USWNT’s open queerness matters

‘Go gays!’: Why USA’s LGBTQ World Cup stars are more important than ever

Stop using the U.S. women’s soccer team as inspiration porn. Just pay them more money.

How the US women’s soccer team helped me rediscover my patriotism

The tragedy of the Women’s World Cup

‘It makes absolutely no sense’ – Why is the U.S. Women’s World Cup roster so white?

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration

Rose Lavelle fulfills her destiny by becoming a World Cup hero

Mother’s Death a Source of Sudden Sadness, Tribute for USWNT’s Christen Press

Save the day and move on: That’s Alyssa Naeher in a nutshell

England’s World Cup dream dies, but support for women’s game is real winner

Megan Rapinoe Is a Patriot


The World Cup might be over but if you’ve fallen in love with the beautiful game and the incredible women who play it: NYC will host a ticker tape parade for the victors on Wednesday and the USWNT will reunite for a victory tour, starting at the Rose Bowl on August 3. But also? Say we #WontStopWatching:

Fifty-eight of the world’s best players who captivated you during the World Cup will take the pitch again this summer in the NWSL, including all members of the USWNT:

+ Chicago Red Stars – Alyssa Naeher, Tierna Davidson, Morgan Brian and Julie Ertz

+ North Carolina Courage – Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Samantha Mewis and Jessica McDonald

+ Orlando Pride – Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and Alex Morgan

+ Portland Thorns – Adrianna Franch, Emily Sonnett, Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath

+ Reign FC – Allie Long and Megan Rapinoe

+ Sky Blue FC – Carli Lloyd

+ Utah Royals FC – Kelley O’Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn and Christen Press

+ Washington Spirit – Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh

Political Snacks

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  1. I LOVED Drop Dead Gorgeous. It was DEFINITELY a movie that my friends and I watched again and again as young tweens trying to figure out the world. It’s hard to share my love for the subversiveness of that movie (subversive in the way it was actually honest about the ugliness and cruelty that undergirds the way women are forced / rewarded for performing femininity in a particular way; subversive in the way it shows the ridiculousness of what it looks like to perform piousness) because some of it is also so incredibly problematic (an entire character created to be a running joke making fun of neuroatypical people) and so I’m glad this article exists!

  2. I will miss the cupdates! That first article is so great/important. I’d read rumors about Kelley O’Hara being queer so it’s nice to have it confirmed! (Now we just need Tobin…)

  3. Thanks for posting the Shirley Chisholm story link! I’ve been kinda obsessed with her since watching the “Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed” documentary. If anyone reading this has not yet seen it…please do so posthaste. Thank you.

  4. You can currently watch the NWSL on Yahoo Sports! and starting next weekend, games will be aired on ESPNews, the playoffs and final will air on ESPN 2. Find the schedule at and/or download the NWSL app for smartphones.

    In addition to the USWNT you can catch lesbian/queer players such as: Rachel Daly (England NT) with the Houston Dash (and her girlfriend Kristie Mewis); Sam Kerr (Australia NT) with the Chicago Red Stars (and her girlfriend Nikki Stanton); Marta (greatest player in the world and Brazil NT) with the Orlando Pride (and her girlfriend Toni Pressley); Abby Erceg (New Zealand NT) with the North Carolina Courage (and her girlfriend Kristen Hamilton) and so many more gay players!

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